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    Springfield, Missouri 65804, USA

Criminal Defense

Skilled Springfield Defense Attorney Safeguards Clients’ Rights

Experienced Missouri lawyer represents the accused in criminal defense matters

A criminal conviction can affect you for the rest of your life. At Gary M. Wilson, LLC in Springfield, I represent clients throughout the area in a wide variety of state and federal criminal defense matters and know how to develop effective strategies to respond to the charges against you. Whether you were arrested on a DUI count, charged with drug trafficking or interrogated for suspected assault, I will identify any weaknesses in the state’s case and use the best legal options to protect your rights.

Why the difference between a misdemeanor and felony matters to your case

Criminal sentences are tied to the severity of the charges against the defendant. Misdemeanor offenses are considered less serious and have a maximum jail sentence of one year, though many can be resolved with no jail time. Felonies, by contrast, carry substantial time in prison, higher fines and a permanent loss of rights. Some offenses may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies, depending upon the facts of the specific case, which could involve:

  • Drug possession
  • Assault
  • Exhibition of a deadly weapon
  • Theft

Regardless of the charge against you, you should have an experienced attorney fighting on your behalf. I have extensive knowledge of state and federal criminal law and will work to ensure you receive a fair trial.

What are the possible penalties for a drug crime conviction?

Drug crime sentences can be quite harsh, and these charges require a zealous and strong defense. With few exceptions, every drug crime, including first offenses, are classified as felonies. Even possession of a small amount of a non-marijuana drug could result in a prison sentence of at least two years. More serious counts alleging distribution might lead to extended sentences, ranging up to 30 years depending on the particular charge, substance and amount seized. There could also be thousands of dollars in fines, among other penalties. I know how to produce favorable results in these cases and will explain what to expect in your situation. When necessary, I will advocate for alternatives to prison, such as a rehabilitation program.

What are common defenses to DUI charges?

DUI convictions are serious, and asserting a strong defense is key to mitigating negative outcomes and protecting your interests. Examples of defenses that may be applicable in a DUI case include:

  • An illegal stop
  • Improperly administered field sobriety test
  • Invalid breathalyzer results
  • Failure to give required notices/warnings

I strive to do everything possible to protect my client’s rights and will challenge any improperly collected evidence used against you.

What qualifies as assault?

Legally, assault covers a wide range of behavior — from threats of violence without physical contact all the way to attempted murder while causing serious bodily injury. In certain cases, a conviction can result in decades of imprisonment, so understanding the severity of the charge against you is essential. I am highly conversant with the relevant law and will determine the best strategies to contest the state’s claims.

Contact a dedicated Missouri law firm to schedule a free consultation

At Gary M. Wilson, LLC, I represent clients in the Springfield, Missouri area in a range of misdemeanor and felony criminal defense matters. Please call 417-512-2157 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation at my office.